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  1. Evidence for the sensitivity of the SF-36 health status measure to inequalities in health : results from the Oxford healthy lifestyles survey.

    Article - En anglais


    The short form 36 (SF-36) health questionnaire may not be appropriate for population surveys assessing health gain because of the low responsiveness (sensitivity to change) of domains on the measure.

    An hypothesised health gain of respondents in social class V to that of those in social class I indicated only marginal improvement in self reported health.

    Subgroup analysis, however, showed that the SF-36 would indicate dramatic changes if the health of social class V could be improved to that of social class I. Design - Postal survey using a questionnaire booklet containing the SF-36 and a number of other items concerned with lifestyles and illness.

    A letter outlining the purpose of the study was included.


    The sample was drawn from family health services authority (FHSA) computerised registers for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, and Oxfordshire.

    Sample - The questionnaire was sent to 13 042 randomly selected subjects between the ages of 17-65.

    Altogether 9332 (72%) responded.

    Outcome measures

    Scores for the eight dimensions of the SF-36.

    Statistics - The sensitivity of the SF-36 was tested by hypothesising that the scores of those in the bottom quartile of the SF36 scores in class V could be improved to the level of the scores from the bottom quartile of SF-36 scores in class I using the effect size statistic.


    SF-36 scores for the population at the 25th, 50th, and 75th centiles were provided. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Questionnaire, Version revisée, Inégalité, Classe sociale, Statut socioéconomique, Santé, Evaluation performance, Méthode étude, Psychométrie, Homme, Angleterre, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe, Epidémiologie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Questionnaire, Revised drafting, Inequality, Social class, Socioeconomic status, Health, Performance evaluation, Investigation method, Psychometrics, Human, England, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe, Epidemiology

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 96-0319999

    Code Inist : 002B30A01A1. Création : 10/04/1997.